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Knezha is located in Bulgaria
Location of Knezha
Coordinates: 43°30′N 24°5′E / 43.5°N 24.083°E / 43.5; 24.083
Country  Bulgaria
 - Mayor Simeon Sharabanski
Elevation 136 m (446 ft)
Population (13.09.2005)
 - Total 12,961
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 - Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Postal Code 5835
Area code(s) 09132

Knezha (Bulgarian: Кнежа, pronounced [knɛˈʒa]) is a town in Pleven Province in northern Bulgaria, the administrative center of Knezha municipality. The town's name is most probably derived from the Slavic word knyaz ("prince, duke"), most likely after a local ruler that defended the population in the area during the Ottoman rule of Bulgaria. Knezha is the third-largest town in the province, after Pleven and Cherven Bryag, and is the administrative centre of a municipality.

A local landmark is the 17-metre (56 ft) steel Christian cross constructed on a hill overlooking the town. The cross' construction was financed entirely by donations. It has luminescent lighting bodies attached to it and is illuminated in blue at night.[1] The cross is similar to the larger Millennium Cross above Skopje. Knezha also has a historical museum and an amateur theatre performing in the local community centre (chitalishte). The Institute on Maize of the Agricultural Academy is based in Knezha; it was founded in 1924.

Notable natives include weightlifter and Sydney 2000 Olympic gold medalist Galabin Boevski (b. 1974), Bulgaria international footballer Valentin Iliev (b. 1980) and Bulgarian Army general and long-time Chairman of the National Assembly of Bulgaria Ferdinand Kozovski (1892–1965).



  1. ^ Диковски, Цветан (2008-10-15). "Силата на кръста да пази от градушки..." (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 2008-10-18.  

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